Good Lorrrrdddd Hoodie!
Right off the bat this is a MUST DOWNLOAD mixtape - It’s legit unreal! After finding huge success off his previous tape, Pep Rally, which was downloaded over 300,000 times, I’d be shocked if Leap Year didn’t surpass that. His growth and development as an artist is so apparent in every rap verse, every hook he sings, every lyric he pens, and the tape as a collective whole. His lyricism is on point, and is definitely a strength of his which stands out among the masses. His clever quips are translated with quick raps or catchy hooks; He also alludes to old school song melodies even if just through one line of a song, or he’ll incorporate a forgotten artist’s lyric effortlessly into his own creating an impressive combination of original songs while keeping it familiar with an old school throwback; As demonstrated in “Can’t Hold Me Down” with, “she’s hangin out the passenger side of her best friend’s ride, tryin just to holler at me…”
This is one of the best, if not the best, mixtape of 2011 that I’ve heard thus far; Redefining the ever-changing hip-pop genre, Steven Markowitz will be left behind (as well as his job at Google) as Hoodie Allen becomes a household name. I give it tops a year, until everyone’s screaming his name. You killed it Hoodie, you deserve it.
posted by: k.roth
ps - I’d also like to note that last week I went on vacation with three other girls and the amount of times we hashtagged #whitegirlproblems in our daily conversations had to have surpassed 100. So needless to say, I minorly freaked when I saw that this was a title to one of his songs. Well played, Hoodie.